Should We Tell Our Friends How Much Money We Make?

As I approach 30, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about finances. You know, stopping to pause before I purchase the $4 latte or $30 spin class (just writing that makes me cringe!). More generally, the budgeting and financial planning I’ve neglected since college and about which I am now in panic mode because 30 seems to be the arbitrary marker of “real” adulthood.

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Southern Thailand: Koh Lanta and Koh Mook

Here's a secret about my trip to Southeast Asia: I didn't do any research. I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, had a close friend email me some recommendations, and assumed I would figure the rest out by talking to fellow travelers. Thankfully, I assumed correctly and there were very few (maybe one or two) times on the trip when I thought, "man, I really wish I had done more research." Great adventures can't be too planned, after all.

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An unexpected adventure

When I write, I try really hard to avoid cliches...or over-quoting...or inspirational quotes entirely (that's a lie; I LOVE inspirational quotes - guilty pleasure?) but the impetus for my two months in Southeast Asia really can best be summarized by a Rolling Stones song.

You can't always get what you want...but if you try get what you need...

I know, I know. But really.

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